The maritime spatial planning directive
For the sustainable growth of Europe's blue economy
In July 2014, the EU adopted the maritime spatial planning directive which came into force in September 2014. It created the world's first legal requirement for countries to create transparent planning-at-sea systems and to cooperate with their neighbours to make that happen. EU countries are now required to transpose the directive into national legislation and appoint competent authorities by 2016. The implementation of MSP in Member States' jurisdictional waters must be achieved by March 2021. The directive focuses on four objectives linked to the legal bases (environment, fisheries,... maritime transport and energy). Member States can add additional sectors. This ensures that all activities are equally covered and that all stakeholders' interests are considered. The directive does not impose planning details or management objectives which should be decided by Member States. However, it requires that MSP is implemented in all EU waters and facilitates cross-border cooperation. This will be achieved through common minimum requirements and time frame.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) Themes: Fisheries policy, Inland-waterway and sea transport
- Subject: aquaculture, common fisheries policy, cross-border cooperation, directive (EU), environmental impact, exploitation of the seas, fisheries policy, marine ecosystem, marine environment, maritime area, maritime transport, sea fishing, shipping policy, sustainable development